Cambridge, MA: Archives Scanning Assistant (term), Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University

Job Opening Title: Archives Scanning Assistant

Employer Name: The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University

Job Location: Cambridge, MA

Application Deadline:

Salary Range: $42,000-$45,000

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Years of experience required: 6 months

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Job Duties:
The Peabody Museum seeks an Archives Assistant to help digitize and catalog the Marshall Family Archives. The collection consists of photographs and papers from expeditions to the Northwest Kalahari region of southern Africa between 1950-1961, and documents the lives of the Indigenous peoples of the Kalahari San. This position will operate equipment such as the Epson Expression 11000XL and apply digital processing procedures to produce high quality digital images and rehouse materials as necessary for preservation. The Archives Assistant will also create records for The Museum System (TMS) database, cataloging material to enable searchability and writing descriptions in a culturally sensitive way, and performing research as needed to fully describe images. The Archives Assistant will report to the Senior Archivist and work under the Assistant Archivist as digitization team leader, and may assist with quality control of scans created by two part-time Scanning Technicians. This is a two-year term position funded through an IMLS Museums for America grant. Due to the nature of this project, the incumbent must work on-site at the Peabody Museum, where all work is conducted in accordance with Harvard’s standard protocols to address the COVID public health emergency, including social distancing and use of provided PPE.

Basic Qualifications:
Proven knowledge of standards for cataloging archival material, as evidenced by at least 6 months of archives experience (may include coursework and/or internships)

Preferred Qualifications:
Accuracy and meticulous attention to detail, strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize work and complete projects within given time constraints while working independently with minimal supervision; basic computer skills, including Excel, required. Familiarity with relational databases, such as TMS; familiarity with best practices for handling fragile and sometimes sensitive archival materials in a variety of formats; interest in anthropology.
Special Requirements:
Selected candidates must pass an identity and criminal background check before being hired.
To Apply:
Apply at position 52656BR open 10/10/2020.